Marie Curie's Notebooks Are Dangerously Radioactive
Marie Skłodowska Curie didn't let anyone tell her what she couldn't do. During her lifetime, she became the first woman to win a Nobel prize, the first person to win a Nobel prize twice, the first woman professor at the University of Paris, and a pioneer in the fields of physics and chemistry. She worked with her husband Pierre Curie to define the nature of radioactivity, and discovered the elements polonium and radium. In 1934, she passed away from leukemia, likely the result of prolonged radiation exposure.
Key Facts In This Video
Marie Curie coined the term radioactivity, and was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different disciplines. (0:40)
Marie Curie made the groundbreaking observation that radioactivity came from atoms themselves, and not from molecular interaction. (4:31)
During World War I, Marie Curie drove a portable x-ray machine to assist wounded soldiers. (7:55)